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Australian actor Cate Blanchett will co-star in the New Zealand-based movie trilogy "The Lord of the Rings".
The $360 million project is based on the JRR Tolkien novel of the same name and will be directed by Wellington film maker, Peter Jackson.
The project's backers say Blanchett will play an elf queen, while Hollywood actress, Liv Tyler, will play an elf princess.
Filming is due to begin on Monday and expected to take a year to complete.